We’re calling on all startups to complete our quick-and-confidential 2023 Atlantic Canadian startup survey, which is the backbone of our coming Entrevestor Atlantic Canada Startup Data report.

The startup report provides a benchmark used by governments and support organizations for the entire innovation sector in the region. Entrevestor is completely independent, absolutely agnostic in terms of sector or jurisdiction, so we provide an objective view of what’s happening in our industry.

Each year for the past decade, we’ve launched our survey to gauge the state of the startup community. It’s a mere 12 questions (So founders don’t have to spend a lot of time on it) and it's 100 percent confidential. We’re hoping as many founders as possible can take three minutes to fill it out.

You can find the survey by clicking on this image:

Why should you take time from your ferociously busy schedule to complete the survey? Three reasons:

First, it helps to produce meaningful metrics on the startup community, which result in better programs. Policy-makers and support organizations rely on our Atlantic Canadian Startup Data report as the benchmark for this segment of the economy. Your participation helps us collect the best data possible. And once again this year, the report will be open to the public, although all information provided is confidential and anonymous and we only publish aggregated data. In 2022, for example, 352 people downloaded the report from our website, which is striking penetration when you consider the size of our ecosystem.

Second, it helps Entrevestor provide free news on and for our community. The startup data report is a pillar of our business model, and it means we can continue to report on what’s happening in the startup world.

And third, we’re offering a further incentive to founders and CEOs to complete the survey promptly. As we did last year, we will donate $10 to the Canadian Mental Health Association for each completed survey we accept by Feb. 29. We’re capping this at 200 responses, so we could donate as much as $2000.

For responses to be accepted, founders need to meet our three criteria for a startup: 1. An Atlantic Canadian-owned company; 2. Commercializing innovation; and 3. Making a product for a global market.

As we have said, your responses to the survey will be 100 percent confidential. We do NOT publish data on individual companies, only aggregated data. If there is a particular question you feel uncomfortable answering, please just leave it blank.

This post marks the beginning of our campaign to encourage readers to complete the survey. We apologize in advance if it’s bothersome, but it’s critical for us to collect as much data as possible. By taking just a few minutes to answer these questions, you can support Entrevestor’s work, develop important metrics for the community, and help support Canadians' mental health.

Please contact me at peter@entrevestor.com with any queries.

Thank you.